Oswego, New York - Clayton, New York
|We enjoyed our nice big, green site in Bouckville, New York|
The rest of the trip is as I had "driven it" on Google Street View, and we arrive at Sunset RV Park in Oswego, New York a little before one o'clock. The driveway looks "iffy" so we come around the back where the owner flags us in. After the neighbor moves his truck, and the owner moves the picnic table we pull into Site 2 right on Hwy 89 - with Lake Ontario 20 yards from our windshield. Beautiful.
|Views like this make us appreciate that big Class A windshield even more. The wind is much stronger than it looks here.|
With a big race at the speedway this weekend, and rain threatening, we are only here until Friday morning.
The full moon sometimes messes with Bill's sleep and Thursday morning he's not feeling great. He stays home while Tessa and I see what we can see in Oswego.
Home to the State University of New York (just blocks from the RV park), Oswego is a nice size town with a comfortable vibe. I like it here.
We walk around the pretty downtown, enjoying the cool weather and lovely old buildings.
|City Hall - I have to look it up online, there isn't a single sign on any side.|
|Next door, Police Plaza, has several water features and nice places to sit.|
|Almost hidden in the shade of a small tree, this memorial marks the signing of the treaty between the English and the Ottawa tribe.|
|Another interesting building with no signage|
|until a blurry close up of the lovely window identifies the occupant.|
|Much of downtown includes large brick structures with wonderful windows.|
|"The Boarding House"|
|1860 cupola on the courthouse|
|Oswego West Harbor Pierhead Lighthouse|
|Nine Mile Point Nuclear Plant. Sometimes I forget we still have active plants.|
|Post Cemetery - 77 soldiers, wives and children|
Next stop is the little H. Lee Maritime Museum. Like so many of these smaller, local museums, it is packed with great information and exhibits - lovingly maintained and staffed.
|Number 5 of 5, this tug was built for Operation Overload - the invasion of occupied Europe in 1944. Unbelievable when seeing it's size, the LT-5 towed two barges with eight rail cars to Southampton, England. Wow!|
|Reconstructed captain's cabin.|
|A large exhibit on the Civil War battle off the coast of France.....what??|
|The interesting story.|
|I love that this 200 year old Birch Bark canoe is included in the maritime history of the area.|
|The exhibit on lake shipwrecks includes this wheel from the Thomas H which sank on May 30, 1945.|
|Hard to believe these light weight nets pull in hundreds of pounds of fish.|
|I really enjoy the lighthouse room.|
|In addition to the LT-5, the last commercial fishing vessel, the Eleanor D, is also maintained here. Built on Lake Erie in 1948, she retired in 1978.|
|Did this piece age a year after it was named? Local students filled a room with their art.|
As we're leaving one of the docents sees Tessa and her eyes fill with tears. She recently lost her own "Casey", and when Tessa snuggles up to her, she is overwhelmed. We spend probably 25 minutes with her talking about the love of dogs. Tessa seems to "get it", and lies down across her feet, gives her lots of kisses, poses for pics she sends to her son. When a bus arrives for a tour, she wipes her eyes and gives us both a final hug. You just never know who you're going to meet, how you're going to impact their day. Having the time to spend with a stranger who needs a fluffy-dog-fix is such a blessing.
Having gotten some sleep, Bill is feeling better. We enjoy clam chowder at Rudy's down the street before the big show begins across the water.
We haven't seen this kind of color since we left the desert - and over the water it is even more spectacular. Some zoom, no editing.
|A very easy - and well-mowed - exit from our site.|
|What are they doing out there??|
Merry Knoll Campground is another park on the lake. Our site is higher up a grassy hill, but we have a beautiful view of the water from our fire ring. FHUs, we opt for 30 amp, but 50 amp is available. Small laundry room and restrooms, there might be showers. Site is level and we have satellite access. The park Wi-Fi is the best we've had in several weeks. A lot of seasonals in the shaded sites and closer to the water, they are all well-maintained.
I check in with Pam and we make plans for a Saturday of fun along the St. Lawrence Seaway.